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NSU Welcomes 
Boys & Girls State Delegates 

Dr. Randall J. Webb, i965, i966 

President, Northwestern State University 


Dear Alumni: 

The 2006-07 academic year lias come to a close at 
Northwestern, and it has been another outstanding year for your alma mater. This year, 
more than 1,600 students received degrees, the best year in Northwestern history. 

As we conclude the second year of selective admissions, the university is begin- 
ning to see a positive impact. The average ACT scores of students are rising and those 
who enter Northwestern are better prepared for college-level work. This should lead to 
improved student retention and graduation rates in future years. 

The university is also making strides in improving our facilities to better serve stu- 
dents. By the time you read this, the demolition of Rapides Hall should be complete. 
NSU hopes to have approval to begin construction of a new residence hall, which is 
scheduled to open in the fall of 2008. 

Two other construction projects I mentioned in the Winter Issue, the renovation of 
Williamson Hall and the demolition and reconstruction of West Caspari Hall, are moving 
forward. I am eagerly anticipating the completion of these important projects. Another 
long anticipated project is the construction of our Organizational Row located at the cor- 
ner of Caspari Street and South Jefferson Street near Chaplain's Lake. In late March, 
the Baptist Collegiate Ministry broke ground for its new home on the NSU campus. The 
BCM facility is scheduled to be complete this fall. Several other organizations are plan- 
ning to construct meeting lodges in this area, which will add to the campus atmosphere. 

Northwestern is also proud to be hosting Boys State and Girls State this summer. 
This program has shaped many outstanding young men and women who have gone on 
to be leaders in their community and on the state level. We hope this is the start of a 
long, productive working relationship with the American Legion, whose members have 
tirelessly supported Boys State and Girls State for more than 60 years. 

Thank you again for all you do to support Northwestern. 


Dr. Chris Maggio, i985, 1991 

Director of Alumni and Development 

My fellow alumni: 

One exciting aspect of my job is connecting with former stu- 
dents who, though far away, want to stay involved with 

Northwestern, Every day I receive e-mails from graduates and others who want to share 
some news with us or are interested in university activities. 

If you are moving, getting manied or have a new job, help our office stay up to date by 
sending in your new address, phone number or e-mail address so we can keep in touch 
with you. We may be able to help you meet up with old friends in a new city. If you are 
retiring, received an honor or have accomplished a goal, let us know about it. We can help 
you share your milestones with former classmates and friends. 

We love hearing from our graduates and hope you will utilize your connections at 
Northwestern to find out news about the school, fellow alumni and other areas of common 

There is no end to the outreach and networking possibilities among alumni. Thank you 
for all you do in your continued support of Northwestern. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches. Louisiana 

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Volume XVII Number 2 Summer 2007 

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President Jimmy Williams 

Alexandria. 1993 

Vice President Jerry Brungart 

Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

Secreiary-Tiieasurer Joseph B. Slamey 

Natchitoches. 1983 

Executive Director Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Dane Broussard Houston. Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brung;irt Natchitoches, 1969. 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington. Texas. 1989 

Patricia Wiggins Hrapmann Destrehan, 1973, 1978 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Malt Koury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesvllle, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

Dr. Lisa Mathews Benton, 1992 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport, 1995 

Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches. 1983 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport. 1964 

Ricky Walmsley Covington, 1985 

J. Michael Wilbum Shreveport. 1975 

Jimmy Williams Alexandria, 1993 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans, 1993 


Shantel Wempren Thibodaux 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 
spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Dr. Chris Maggio. 1985. 1991 


Leah Pilcher Jackson. 1994 


David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann. 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the 
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of 
Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, 
Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to 
award Associate. Baccalaureate, Master's. Specialist and 
Doctorate degrees. 

COVER: Northwestern alumni, faculty, staff and current students who participated in Louisiana Boys State and 
Louisiana Girls State prepare to welcome delegates to the Northwestern campus this summer. From left are Eliza 
Brittain Behrendsen, Nick Courville, Wes Jones (kneeling), Michael McConathy, Jennifer Anderson Kelly, Coach Mike 
McConathy, Pat Horton and Melanie Kelly Bedgood, 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of 
Louisiana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, 
religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educa- 
tional programs, activities or employment practices. 

Almuni News 

NSU alumni recall Boys and Girls State 
experiences as lessons in leadership, 
citizenship and democracy 

This summer, Northwestern 
will open its doors to hun- 
dreds of the state !s future 
leaders when the university is 
host to Louisiana Boys State and 
Louisiana Girls State, a week in 
which achieving high school stu- 
dents learn to be informed citi- 
zens while developing a sense of 
community, service and civic 

Louisiana Boys State began in 
1940, sponsored by the American 
Legion, followed in 1941 by Girls 
State, sponsored by the American 
Legion Auxiliary, and was hosted at 
Louisiana State University until this 
year. Sons of the American Legion is 
also a sponsor. 

Laura Clark of DeRidder (1981) 
is state president of the American 
Legion Auxiliary. 

"I am thrilled and very excited 
that we made the decision to move 
Boys and Girls State to NSU. As a 
participant in the decision-making 
process, I was an advocate for us to 
move to NSU as we began our search 
for a university campus to host our 
program. Having been a beneficiary 
of a great education from NSU. I 
knew what a wonderful opportunity 
this would be for our students and the 
university to have these potential 
leaders on campus," Clark said. 

The participant "citizens" are 
separated into parties and designated 
cities and parishes, in which they hold 
a public office and recreate operations 
or ordinances of their city and parish. 
The girl delegates will attend the pro- 
gram July 1-7 and the boys will 
attend July 2-8. 

All the delegates described the 
experience as exhausting, yet valu- 

able, and many felt inspired to contin- 
ue to be engaged in service and lead- 

"Thank you for giving us the 
opportunity to experience the great 
facility and hospitality of being on 
NSU's campus." Clark said. "It will 
be an awesome experience for the 
students who represent the entire 
state. They build relationships that 
last a lifetime. They learn a variety of 
leadership skills and how government 

Pat Hayden Horton (1967. 
1968) represented Coushatta High 
School at Girls State in 1962. 

"I loved every minute of it. I 
made so many friends with people 
that I stayed in touch with for years." 
she remembered. Both of Horton 's 
sons later attended Boys State where 
they both ran for governor and were 
both narrowly defeated. One of them 
returned as a counselor for three 

"I found it a wonderful experi- 
ence, but it was exhausting." said 
Horton, who ran for Police Juror. 

"I loved the projects. One project 
was converting an unused floor of a 
hospital into a space they could use." 
Horton's group also built a pedestrian 
overpass. "You had to work up the 
whole project, the budgets, the paper- 
work, and present it." 

The projects, which exposed del- 
egates to procedures in city, parish 
and state government, were an invalu- 
able civics lesson, Horton said, but 
the week was rigorous. 

"You learned to focus on what 
was important and weed out what was 
not important. It helped with organi- 
zation," she said. 

Horton later earned undergradu- 
ate and graduate degrees in education 

at Northwestern and is currently 
supervisor of instruction for the Red 
River Parish School Board. Her expe- 
rience at Girls State has had relevance 
in her career, such as in grant writing 
and working with others. 

"You either loved it or you did- 
n't." she said. "There was no way to 
be prepared for how demanding it 
was. You worked day and night. It 
was demanding and rewarding." 

Matt Koury (1995) did not know 
much about Boys State when he rep- 
resented Leesville High School in 
1990. but remembers long hours 
working on projects with people he 
had just met. 

"It was a valuable experience," 
he said. "You had to get together with 
people you didn't know and be able to 
work together to reach a goal ." 

Koury made many friends at 
Boys State and said the experience 
instilled in him a desire to be 
involved in service. While earning a 
degree in business administration and 
finance at Northwestern, he was a 
member of Kappa Sigma and partici- 
pated in several service projects. 

As a businessman in Leesville, he 
is currently involved with several 
civic entities, including the Civil Ser- 
vice Board and the Leesville Industri- 
al Development Board. He is also a 
member of NSU's Alumni Board. 

"I know I didn't get any sleep," 
he recalled during his week at Boys 
State. "We constantly worked 
through the night." 

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Continued from Page 1 

Former Girls State delegates Eliza Brittain 
Behrendsen, Jennifer Anderson Kelly, Pat 
Hayden Norton and Melanie Kelly Bedgood. 

Eliza Brittain Behrendsen (1992) 
enjoyed meeting and interacting with 
girls from different parts of the state 
during Girls State 1981. Several of 
her siblings and extended family 
members have attended Girls and 
Boys State and her family has been 
involved in coordinating local dele- 
gates for many years. 

"I ran for the first office you 
could run for," said Behrendsen, who 
was elected mayor of her city. Like 
others, she said the experience was 
non-stop. "When you're mayor, you 
are up 24 hours a day for the whole 

Behrendsen was active in numer- 
ous clubs and organizations at St. 
Mary's High School in Natchitoches 
and described herself as patriotic. 

"1 loved it. I loved meeting peo- 
ple and I loved planning the projects," 
she said. "The first day I was there, I 
saw people I knew from other leader- 
ship camps. Later I met many of 
those same people in college." 

One of her projects was organiz- 
ing a city festival event involving city 
planners, coordinating utilities, police 
security and traffic control. 

During Girls State, Behrendsen 
met then Speaker of the House John 
Hainkel and later worked for him for 
a summer. 

The girls who are selected for 
Girls State are selected based on char- 
acter, leadership, scholarship, patriot- 

ism, and an interview, explained 
Behrensend, who works with delegates 
from Natchitoches Central High School. 
"It is an intense experience and the 
best thing for me was meeting so many 
different people," Behrensend said. 

Dr. John Bolin (1963) represent- 
ed Singer High School at Boys State 
in 1958. As a youth who intended to 
pursue a career in ministry, Bolin was 
already interested in public service 
and enjoyed public speaking. For 
him, the exposure to different types 
of students was memorable. 

"I was a senator. I ran for gover- 
nor, but lost," he recalled. "They 
worked you hard, but you had expo- 
sure to a political forum you would 
not otherwise have been exposed to. I 
came from a politically oriented fami- 
ly, so I liked that. I liked public speak- 

The experience was positive and 
eye opening for Bolin. 

"It exposed me to people who 
were from larger schools who were 
more affluent and had a better educa- 

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John Manno Jr. of Bossier City 
(1978) donated $10,000 to the 
NSU Foundation for the privi- 
lege of taking the first swing of 
the wrecking ball that began 
the demolition of Rapides Hall 
in March. Rapides was built in 
1966 with a 725 student hous- 
ing capacity. The men's dormi- 
tory was closed in 2005 as part 
of a plan to replace old dormito- 
ries with modern apartment- 
style complexes to better meet 
the needs of today's students. 
Manno is a former resident of 
Rapides. His donation will be 
applied to the Michael Peter 
Manno Scholarship, which ben- 
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tion. It was an opportunity to see 
what other students were like, their 
intellectual level, and their financial 
level. Coming from Singer, I had 
never been exposed to that," he said. 

He recalled a dance in which 
"they lined us all up and marched us 
up to the girls and that was who your 
partner was," he said. "They also had 
sporting events you could compete in 
and I liked to play basketball." 

"You worked your tail off and 
you didn't get much sleep because 
you were caucusing." said Bolin. 
who, after returning to his parish was 
able to participate in a youth govern- 
ment event in DeRidder. His daugh- 
ter later attended Girls State. 

"I had a very good experience," 
he said. (Read more about Dr. Bolin 
on Page 6.) 

Dr. Ted Ledet (1978) represented 
St. Mary's High School in 1973. He 
admitted he left the program early 
because of football obligations, but 
recalled the experience as his first 
exposure to civic procedure. 

"It was my first introduction into 
government affairs and how govern- 
ment actually works," he said. "We 
were trying to replicate those things. 
We were given projects and had to 
figure out how to finance them. I 
remember calling contractors to fig- 
ure that out." 

Because he left early, Ledet did 
not seek an elected office, but did 
note politicking between groups, 
individuals and their various support- 

"It was fun, too. because you met 
people from all over the state." he 
said. "My roommate was from 
Franklin and I didn't think he spoke 
any English." 

He also remembered the long 
hours. "We would start at 7 in the 
morning and got done about 1 in the 

Ledet later earned a degree in 
zoology and a minor in chemistry at 
Northwestern. The experience at 
Boys State caused him to pay more 
attention to politics and government 
as a youth. 

For Ledet, Boys State "was the 
first time I thought about government 
and how it works. You saw how those 
things work and what government 
officials actually do and what they are 
responsible for." 


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Memory of WWII serviceman will be honored 
with scholarship and Patriotism Award 

Northwestern State University will 
honor an alumnus killed in action during 
World War II with the presentation of two 
awards in his name made possible 
through an endowment to the NSU Foun- 

The Norman Taylor Dowty Schol- 
arship will be awarded to a student based 
on creativity and achievement in journal- 
ism, the arts, humanities or the sciences. 
The scholarship will be awarded each 
spring and funded each fall. Recipients 
must have sophomore, junior or returning 
senior status at the time of selection. The 
scholarship will be awarded by a univer- 
sity committee, based upon recommenda- 
tions from department heads in the Col- 
lege of Liberal Arts and the College of 
Science and Technology who have identi- 
fied deserving candidates. At the scholar- 
ship presentation, a narrative about Lt. 
j.g. Dowty 's achievements will be read to 
commemorate his heroism, patriotism 
and distinguished service to our country. 

The Norman Taylor Dowty Patrio- 
tism Award will be presented to a North- 

western State University alumnus for 
heroism, patriotism and distinguished 
service to our country. The award com- 
mittee will meet annually to consider 
prospective honorees but will present the 
award only in years when it is determined 
by the committee that there is an especial- 
ly worthy and deserving individual to be 
honored with this special award. The 
recipient will be announced and recog- 
nized at the Homecoming banquet, along 
with other University honorees. 

Recipients will be selected by a com- 
mittee comprised of the head of the 
Department of Journalism, the vice presi- 
dent for External Affairs, two faculty 
members appointed by the head of Jour- 
nalism and one member of the External 
Affairs staff designated by the vice presi- 
dent for External Affairs. The head of the 
Department of Journalism will serve as 
chair of the selection committee for the 
Norman Taylor Dowty Award. 

A permanent plaque honoring Lt. j.g. 
Dowty will be placed in the Department 
of Journalism. Adjacent to it will be a 

plaque honoring the recipients of the 
Dowty Patriotism Award. 

The $10,000 scholarship endowment 
was presented to the NSU Foundation by 
the honoree's daughter. Amy Dowty 
Lore, and her mother, Rivers Rhodes 

Bom in 1919, Dowty was a graduate 
of Bolton High School in Alexandria. At 
Northwestern, he was editor of the Cur- 
rent Sauce student newspaper and was 
involved with speech and debate. He left 
Northwestern to join the Naval Air Corps 
and was trained as a Naval pilot before 
the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He mar- 
ried Rivers Rhodes of Natchitoches in 
August 1942. In March of 1944, a U.S. 
Naval task force destroyed two enemy 
submarines in the North Atlantic, and 
Dowty. a Navy pilot, had a leading role in 
both. He left behind his wife and an 
infant daughter. 


Outstanding Calvin student earns Carpenter scholarship 

Brittany Haire of Calvin High 
School was named the 2007 recipient of 
the Lanis D. Carpenter Memorial Schol- 
arship by the Northwestern State Univer- 
sity Foundation. The scholarship honors 
the memory of a longtime Winn Parish 
educator and is awarded annually to an 
incoming NSU freshman from Winn 

Carpenter was a graduate of Calvin 
High School where he was an all-state 
player in basketball and baseball. He 
earned a bachelor's degree, master's 
degree and plus-30 at Northwestern. In 
1994, he was named supervisor of sec- 
ondary education in Winn Parish. 
Carpenter passed away in 1995. He 
posthumously received the LHSAA Dis- 
tinguished Service Award in 1999. 

"We believe that Brittany was the 
perfect choice for the scholarship because 
of her determination to continue with her 
dreams, no matter the roadblocks that life 
has put before her," said John Carpenter, 
Lanis Carpenter's son. "Talking to mem- 

bers of the faculty of Calvin High School, 
they all spoke very highly of Brittany's 
ability to overcome the death of her 
mother and help her father raise her 
younger sisters while maintaining a 4.0 
GPA, and the desire to better her family's 
situation with a college education." 

According to Jenny Geisman, coun- 
selor at Calvin High, Haire decided to 
attend NSU so that she can live at home 
and remain the primary care-giver for her 
3- and 10-year-old siblings. 

"She still has a 4.0 and is involved in 
other things. She does as much as she 
possibly can," Geisman said. 

Haire plans to pursue a career in 
radiologic technology. 

"That is all I have ever wanted to 
do," Haire said. "I really want to further 
my education. If something happens to 
my dad, I will be the only one to take care 
of my family, so I need to have a good 

"Every year we try to choose a recip- 
ient that has a similar background to our 

father," Carpenter said. "His father 
passed away when he was a young boy. 
Our grandmother raised our father, the 
youngest child, and his two sisters by 
sewing and selling eggs. When my father 
got to Northwestern, he applied for finan- 
cial aid, but was refused because they 
thought he was lying about his family's 
financial background. He told me that 
when he asked why he had been refused, 
the person in the financial aid office told 
him 'it was impossible for someone to be 
that poor.' That didn't stop my father 
from pursuing his college degree." 

Lanis Carpenter would leave Natchi- 
toches the day of his last final, travel to 
south Louisiana and work offshore until 
the day before enrolling for classes. 

"He always told me that was his 
financial aid," Carpenter said. "This is 
why we believe that Brittany was the out- 
standing choice to receive this scholar- 
ship in memory of our father." 

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g^"- Joshua Arvizu (2002) received a glowing review in the 
* Washington Post Music Section earher this year for his per- 
formance with the Washington. D.C., Friday Morning Music 
Club. Arvizu, an oboist, was a featured soloist in a performance 
of "The Winter's Passed" by Wayne Barlow. 

Arvizu earned a bachelor's of music at NSU and is current- 
ly a program coordinator in the Office of Continuing Education 
at Trinity (Washington) University. 

Bill Bailey Carter (1973) was named director of market- 
ing for Orbiz for Business Travelport in Chicago, a year- 
long contract as vice president of marketing for the Fortune 500 
Company. Carter was a journalism major and a member of 
Kappa Alpha Order. 

. Mary Metzger of Lake Charles celebrated her 105^" birth- 
day earlier this year with a celebration that included friends 
and family. Metzger was bom in 1902 in Newton, Miss., and 
lived in Grayson and Shreveport. She received a Bachelor of 
Science degree from Louisiana Normal in the early 1920s and 
attended Peabody University in Tennessee and Columbia Uni- 
versity in New York. Metzger spend her career teaching home 
economics and nutrition in Jennings, Vinton and DeQuincy. 

In 1942, she married J. Emery Metzger, who was president 
of Rotary International, and the couple traveled to international 
events. He died in 1967. Metzger was involved in service to the 
community and to her church. First Presbyterian, becoming the 
first female elder in 1970. 

Metzger attributed her longevity to good nutrition and a 
positive attitude. 

Vic Stelly (1962) was appointed to the Louisiana State 
^ Board of Regents. This board has jurisdiction over all pub- 
lic higher education in the State. In 2004, Stelly completed 16 
years in the Louisiana House of Representatives and was 
inducted in 2006 to the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame. Prior 
to his retirement from State Farm Insurance in 2000. Stelly 
taught and coached football at Redemptorist and Broadmoor 
High Schools in Baton Rouge and McNeese State in Lake 

Stelly and his wife Terry (1958,1960) have three children 
and five grandchildren. 

Weight-lifting legend Gayle Hatch (1962) assumed duties 
*- • as strength and conditioning coach of the Louisiana State 
University men's basketball team. Hatch is a member of sever- 
al weightlifting and strength and conditioning halls of fame. A 
standout basketball player for the Demons, the Baton Rouge 
resident is a member of the NSU Graduate N Club Hall of Fame 
and the Long Purple Line, is a recipient of the Nth Degree and 
was honored with the creation of the Gayle Hatch Basketball 

Hatch has been a friend and advisor to LSU basketball 
coaches Dale Brown and John Brady, and received a Final Four 

ring for his efforts in 2006. Hatch was the head coach for the 
2004 U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team competing in Athens. 

Tommy McClellend II (2004. 2005) was named interim 
director of athletics at McNeese State University earlier 
this year. McClellend was already serving as coordinator of ath- 
letic events, sales and marketing at McNeese. McClelland 
holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in sports admin- 
istration from NSU. He previously worked in the NSU athletics 
department and as an administrative intern at the Southland 
Conference office in Piano. 

^ NSU alumn Musician 1^^ Class Kelly Watkins (2000) 
*. returned to NSU in April to perform as a featured soloist 
with the United States Coast Guard Band. Watkins joined the 
U.S. Coast Guard in 2003. She earned a bachelor's degree in 
music from NSU and a master's in music from Illinois State 

In 2003. Watkins was selected as the grand prize winner of 
the International Women's Brass Conference Solo Competition. 
She has also been a prize-winner in the 2001 and 2002 Interna- 
tional Trumpet Guild Solo Competitions, held in Indiana and 
England and the 2002 National Trumpet Competition held in 

Prior to join the Coast Guard Band. Watkins performed with the 
Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, 
Opera Illinois and the Shreveport Symphony. MUl Watkins has 
also attended the Sewanee Summer Music Center and Festival 
as well as the Lake Placid International Trumpet Institute. 

Stay connected to NSU 

We at NSU want our alumni and friends to feel 
connected to happenings on and around campus. 

in addition to this magazine and other methods of communication, we 
send out monthly e-news letters and other e-mails to let our friends 
know about activities or events in which they might be interested. 
These notices might pertain to athletics, Creative and Performing Arts, 
Continuing Education, non-credit courses or Alumni activities, such as 
trips or receptions. Whatever your area of interest, you can get involved 
by joining our e-mail list. 

Take a moment to go on-line to and click 
on "Update our Files." A form for updates is also available on Page 16 
of this publication and can be dropped in the mail. 

In today's world, keeping in touch is easier than ever. Even though you 
may be far from Natchitoches, you can still be a part of the university 

Information related to the school or any current or former students and 
faculty, personal news about or profiles of alumni, and events or other 
items of interest to alumni, including reunion plans, are welcome. If you 
have a news item to submit, please send an email to Chris Maggio, 
director of Alumni and Development at maagioc(S) . 


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Alum/faculty artist earns top design prize 

Northwestern State University 
Assistant Professor of Art 
Anthony Watkins was named 
the 2007 American Inhouse Design 
Award winner, presented by Graphic 
Design USA Magazine, for a poster 
design promoting the 2006 School of 
Creative and Performing Arts Christ- 
mas Gala. Watkins was recognizes as 
the creative director and design for the 
project. The work will be published in 
the magazine's July 2007 Awards issue. 

Tony Watkins 

a 300-page special edition, that will be 
seen by Graphic Design USA's national 
audience of nearly 100,000 design pro- 
fessionals and creative management. It 
will also be distributed at designer 
events and shows all year. 

Watkins graduated from North- 
western with a BA in 1994 and earned 
an MA in 2001. He completed MFA 
coursework at the University of Ten- 
nessee in 2004. 

COE seeking nominations for Hall of Distinguished Educators 

North western's College of Education 
Alumni Advisory Board is seeking 
nominations for its Hall of Distin- 
guished Educators for 2008. The 
inductees will participate in NSU 
homecoming activities in the fall. 
If you know of an outstanding Col- 
lege of Education alumnus who has 

had a distinguished career in educa- 
tion, please send the nominee's 
resume or other documentation out- 
lining the reason for the nomination 
to Jimmy Berry, Chair, Alumni Advi- 
sory Board, 454 Whiteoak Lane, 
Natchitoches, LA 71457 or email to 

Additional information is available 
from Berry at 318-357-8546 or Dr. 
Brenda Hanson in the College of 
Education at (318) 357-5518 or dai- The deadline to 
submit 2008 nominations is July 15. 

Profile: Dr. John Bolin 

Dr. John Bolin of 
Lafayette was honored for 
40 years of practice as a 
surgeon by the Lafayette 
Parish Medical Association. 
Earlier this year, he was 
also recognized as one of 
America's Top Surgeons, a 
national award presented by 
the Consumers' Research 
Council of America. 

Dr. Bolin is in practice 
at the Southwest Regional 
Breast and General Surgery 
Center. His primary inter- 
est is in the care of breast diseases. 

"It's a nice gesture on the part of the Medical Society," said 
Dr. Bolin, who has served the organization as president. 

Bolin earned a degree in biology with a minor at NSU in 
1963. He chose to attend Northwestern because his mother, 
Dorothy Cooley Bolin, and his sister, Dorothy Bolin, graduated 
on the same day in the 1950s. His uncle. Cracker Brown, was a 
long-time baseball coach. Bolin had hoped to play basketball as 

an undergraduate, but his basketball career lasted only one year. 

Bolin enrolled at Northwestern as a history major with 
plans to become a minister but a biology instructor advised him 
to pursue a career in a science-related field. 

"I have had the opportunity to talk to people about their 
health, as well as their faith," he said. 

At Northwestern, Bolin was a member of Blue Key, the 
biology academic fraternity and was president of the Baptist 
Student Union on campus and at the state level. 

Upon graduation, Bolin married Wanda Jean Johnson 
Bolin, daughter of J.W. Johnson, a long-time business profes- 
sor at Northwestern who was recognized with an Outstanding 
Professor Award and was honored with the creation of a schol- 
arship in his name by the Kiwanis Club. 

Dr. Bolin has been involved in numerous medical profes- 
sional associations and was chief of staff at Southwest Medical 
Center in Lafayette for two years. Outside his profession, he is 
a rosarian, a member of the Rose Society and enjoys hunting 
and fishing. He attends First Baptist Church of Lafayette and 
teaches a weekly Bible study. 

Dr. and Mrs. Bolin have hosted NSU recruiting receptions 
in their home. They have two children and five grandchildren. 

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Alumni recognize professional mentors 


Robert Gentry has never 
forgotten two of the people 
who helped him prepare for a 
successful career in journal- 
ism. Gentry, the owner and 
publisher of the Sabine Index 
in Many, and his wife Laurie 
Gentry have made a donation 
to the Northwestern State Uni- 
versity Foundation to estab- 
lish the Cunningham-Merrill 
Journalism Scholarship. 

The Cunningham-Merrill 
Journalism Scholarship was 
set up in memory of the late 
Charles M. Cunningham and 
in honor of Dr. John C. Mer- 

Cunningham was owner 
and publisher of the Natchi- 
toches Times and the Sabine 
Index. He also taught English 
at Northwestern and was fac- 
ulty advisor for the university 
yearbook, the Potpourri. 

Robert Gentry worked for 
Cunningham at the Natchi- 
toches Times while he was 
working toward his joumal- 

Among those attending the ceremony announcing the establishment of the Cunningham-Memll Joumalism Scholar- 
ship were (from left); Dr. Paula Fun-, head of the Department of Joumalism at Northwestern, NSU President 
Dr. Randall J. Webb, Laurie Gentry. Robert Gentry, Dr. John C. Memll and Jerry Pierce, vice president for external 
affairs at Northwestern. 

ism degree at Northwestern. 
Gentry went to Many in 1964 
to run the Sabine Index for 
Cunningham and later bought 
the newspaper from him. 

Merrill taught joumalism 
at Northwestern and later 
taught at at Texas A&M, the 
University of Maryland, the 
University of Virginia. Cali- 
fornia State-Long Beach, the 
University of North Carolina 
and the University of Mis- 
souri. Merrill is professor 
emeritus at the University of 
Missouri and has been the 

Erbon W. and Marie Wise 
Endowed Chair of Joumalism 
at NSU for the past two years. 
Gentr>' was a student of Mer- 

"i am very honored to 
have this scholarship estab- 
lished in my name and I know 
Charles would be honored as 
well," said Merrill, who 
attended the ceremony 
announcing the establishment 
of the scholarship. He (Cun- 
ningham) was a good joumal- 
ist and he taught me and 
Robert a lot." 

The scholarship is $500 
per semester and will be 
awarded to a student majoring 
in print joumalism based on 
financial need and/or academ- 
ic achievement. Preference 
will be given to a student from 
Natchitoches or Sabine 

Gentry is a Marthaville 
native who edited Northwest- 
em's student newspaper, the 
Current Sauce, the year of its 
50th anniversary. 

Drive underway to fund business professorship 

Two graduates of North- 
western State Universi- 
ty are spearheading an 
effort to endow a professor- 
ship to honor Dr. Robert 
Easley, long-time dean and 
professor in the College of 

Fred Clark, a 1950 and 
1956 graduate, and Ellis J. 
Coutee, a 1960 graduate, in 
cooperation with the NSU 
Foundation, are seeking to 
raise $60,000 that will be 
matched by $40,000 from the 
state and hope that other 
alumni from the College of 
Business will lend support to 

fund the endowment. 

"Dr. Easley was one of 
the best business professors 
that we had, and his teaching 
helped us gain a foundation of 
knowledge that was beneficial 
in our career. We want to rec- 
ognize his work by endowing 
the professorship in the Col- 
lege of Business at NSU. We 
know that if NSU College of 
Business alumni and others 
join together we can be suc- 
cessful in this worthwhile 
project," Coutee said. 

"He was witty. He cared 
for his students. You could 
connect with him easily," 

Clark said. 

A native of Goldonna. 
Easley worked before enrolling 
at Normal and was about 10 
years older than most of the 
other students, according to his 
daughter, Dr. Paula Rembert of 
Shreveport. He was an officer 
in student govemment and 
worked at a dairy to support 
himself. After graduating from 
Normal. Easley was a member 
of the NSU faculty from 1938- 

"I am well aware that he 
touched a lot of lives," Rem- 
bert said. "I mn into people all 
the time who had him as a 

teacher. He was very engag- 

About $30,000 has been 
raised so far and fund drivers 
hope to announce its comple- 
tion during NSU's Homecom- 
ing in October and recognize 
all donors who participated. 
Several different pledge and 
partnership levels exist for the 

For more information, 
Chris Maggio at the NSU 
Foundation office at 
(318) 357-4414 or . 


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NSU Scholarship Banquet 

Ed Curry Scholarship recipients Jessica Lee, 
left and Nancy Brown, right, were congratulat- 
ed by Jack Brittain Jr. 

Jane Norman, right, was recipient of the First 
United Methodist Men Endowed Scholarship, 
presented by Shawn Hornsby. 

Desiree Dillard was the recipient of 
the Thelda M. Harris Memorial Schol- 
arship, presented by Brett Harris. 

Allison McCloud, center, recipient of the Roy B. 
Gentry Jr. Scholarship was congratulated by Dr. 
Vicki Gentry and Dr. Roy Gentry. 

Cody Newsom, center, was 
recipient of the Chris Roper 
Memorial Scholarship present- 
ed by Richard and Mary Roper. 

Drake Harrington, right, was recipient of the 
John and Jason McCain Endowed Scholar- 
ship, presented by Jack and Mary Beth 

Dr. and Mrs. Randall J. Webb congratulated Jessica Bolton on being recipient of the Joe 
and Narvis Webb Endowed Scholarship. From left are Dr. Webb, Bolton, Mrs. Webb and 
Joella and Travis Bolton. 

Alumni Columns Summer 2007 / 8 

Kristen Joubert, right, was the recipient of 
the Barry Smiley Endowed Scholarship, 
presented by Martha T. Smiley, left. 

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enjoyed catching 
up in Nashville 

Derek Dieterich (1994), Dianne Dubay 
Dieterich (1994), and daughters Lauren, 6, 
and Madeline, 3, were among the guests 
at the Nashville reception. 

Jovanna Emerson (1999), Angela Shea and Brad (1993) and Katie Koss were among the 
attendees in Nashville. 

Alexandria Reception 

Daisy Johnston 
of Jena High 
School, left, and 
Kesley Primeaux 
of Pineville High 
School, right, 
were congratulat- 
ed by Daria Willi- 
ford (2006) as 
Ted Jones Schol- 
arship recipients. 

Jimbo and Sandy 
Thiels (1973) host- 
ed the Alexandria 
reception for future 
Northwestem stu- 

Texas Music Educators Association Reception 

NSU graduates attended a reception held in conjunction with the Texas 
Music Educators Association in February. From left are Jenny Eubank 
Richardson (2000), Monty Morris-Braeme (1997), two friends of NSU 
and Leah Benson (2006). 

Jenny Eubank Richardson (2000) and Kevin Richardson 
(1997) were among the alumni attending the TMEA reception. 

Alumni Columns Summer 2007 / 9 

Athletic News 

$1 Million 

The endowment fund for athletic 
scholarships at Northwestern State Uni- 
versity reached the $1 million milestone 
as a result of 2006 year-end gifts total- 
ing close to $250,000. Interest income 
from this endowment fund, which is 
managed by the NSU Athletic Associa- 
tion, is utilized annually to help fund the 
cost of athletic scholarships for all of 
NSU's 14 Division I intercollegiate 

NSU Director of Athletics Greg 
Burke noted that the cost of athletic 
scholarships has increased by over 
$500,000 in four yet NSU remains com- 
mitted to offering the full complement 
of scholarships, in all sports, allowed 
under NCAA guidelines. The cost of 
athletic scholarships — tuition, fees, 
room, board, and books— for the 2006- 
07 year is projected to surpass the $ 1 .5 
million mark. That scholarship balance 
is underwritten by a combination of 
designated funds in the Athletic Depart- 
ment budget, annual donations to the 
NSU Athletic Association fund drive, 
and endowment income. 

"The NSU Athletic Department, 

Softball outfielder Gary Bruno, left, and sprinter Deidra Truss, right, both recipients of ath- 
letic scholarships named for Retta and the Rev. James Poole, met with the Pooles during 
an athletic scholarship banquet. 

including its coaches and student-ath- 
letes, is truly grateful to so many indi- 
viduals whose generosity has enabled 
the endowment fund for athletic schol- 
arships to exceed the $1 million bench- 
mark. This is a wonderful step forward 
for the NSU athletic program," said 

Burke added that the continued 
growth of the NSU Athletic Associa- 
tion's scholarship endowment fund will 
play an important role in giving the Ath- 
letic Department the latitude and com- 
fort level to continue budgeting full 
scholarship limits in all sports. 

"The challenge of keeping up with 
the recent spike in scholarships costs— 
and this is a national trend— has put ath- 
letic departments under a tremendous 
amount of stress to seek funding that 
will offset those scholarship increases. 
In fact, smaller Division I athletic 
departments like NSU often find them- 
selves torn between working hard to 

balance the annual scholarship budget 
with finding time to undertake other ini- 
tiatives (i.e., facility projects) which are 
necessary and will make a difference 
for the program," he said. 

"There are many vehicles through 
which an individual can establish an 
endowed athletic scholarship (see adja- 
cent information) and many reasons (in 
honor or memory of an individual; 
anniversary, birthday, or other special 
date) to do so. It is our job as a depart- 
ment to continue creating awareness for 
the scholarship endowment fund," said 

"While reaching the $1 million 
mark is nice, this accomplishment must 
be treated just like an on-field suc- 
cess—with a level of satisfaction but, at 
the same time, with a burning desire to 
achieve at an even higher level. That 
'higher level' in the case of athletic 
scholarship endowments is to continue 
increasing the fund total at a fast pace." 

NSU ready to celebrate 100 years of football 

The Centennial Celebration of 100 years of intercolle- 
giate football competition at Northwestern State 
University begins in July and lasts all fall. 

Check and watch your e-mailbox and your mailbox at 
home for news and invitations to events. Among the activities: selection of 
the "All-Tirrie Demon Dream Team: The Top 100 Players" with announce- 
ment in early July; a "Sam Goodwin Roast" in late July, poking fun at the 
Demons' coach from 1983-2000; and an all day series of festivities and 
giant tailgating party on Saturday, Sept. 1 , for the season-opening football 
game at Turpin Stadium against Henderson State. 

Louisiana Normal's first 
football contest against 
another college team 
took place in 1907. Few 
institutions around 
Louisiana and the 
nation have such rich 
tradition. It's time to join 
in the celebration in the 
100th year of football at 
our alma mater! 


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Campus News 

Army ROTC alumni organize Northwestern Demon Regiment 

Members of the NSU ROTC Hall of Fame are organiz- 
ing the Northwestern Demon Regiment. The NDR 
mission is to support the NSU Military Science 
department's ability to recruit, train and commission high cal- 
iber students as future officers of the U.S. Army and promote 
the NDR heritage. 

Organized like an Army Regiment, the NDR Battalions 
will be numbered consecutively beginning with the Class of 
1951 as the 1st Battalion, Northwestern Demon Regiment. The 
Class of 2007 is the 57th Battalion, Northwestern Demon Reg- 
iment and next year's class is the 58th Battalion. Northwestern 
Demon Regiment. 

This approach offers ROTC Alumni and former cadets the 
opportunity to reconnect with classmates as well as encourage 
current cadets to enhance the image and reputation of NSU 
Army ROTC, organizers said. 

The Regimental Colors were unfurled at the activation cer- 
emony conducted in March during the Military Ball, which hon- 
ored the Regiment and the 57th Battalion. 

"This is indeed a seminal event for Northwestern and 
underscores the rich tradition of the University providing high 
caliber officers for .service in the U.S. Army," said Dr. Randall 
J. Webb, NSU president. 

A Regimental Ball will be conducted as part of the official 
2007 Homecoming weekend in October. Additional activities 
will include an NDR breakfast and briefing, the Hall of Fame 
luncheon, a tour of Natchitoches and attending the Homecom- 
ing football game. Information about how to participate in the 
NDR, it vision and goals, opportunities to serve the Regiment 
and Homecoming weekend information will be provided by 

The program is being organized by UTG (Ret.) Joseph 
Cosumano, Honorary Colonel of the Regiment (or president); 
Gen. A.J. LaBoa, Honorary Executive Officer of the Regiment; 
BG (Ret.) Curtis F. Hoglan. Regimental Development Officer; 
BG (Ret.) James Bonsall, Regimental Historian; BG (Ret.) 
Richard Averitt, Regimental Adjutant, and Past NSU President 
Robert Alost. The group is working in conjunction with LTC 
Leon Pennington, PMS and 18th Colonel of the regiment, and 
Chris Maggio, director of Alumni and Development. 

If you receive Alumni Columns in the mail, we have your 
correct address. If not, or if you know of another Army ROTC 
graduate or cadet who may be interested in participating in this 
organization contact, Drake Owens, assistant director of institu- 
tional advancement at (318) 357-4243 or to 
provide your correct name, rank, address, phone number and 
e-mail address. 

Alumni Columns Summer 2007 / 1 1 

Foundation News 

Foundation News 

♦ Thomas M. Wright of Houston has 
created a scholarship to benefit a North- 
western student with first preference 
being a student in the College of Business 
from Sabine Parish. 

A native of Many, Wright earned a 
degree in accounting at NSU in 1973. He 
has lived in Houston since graduation 
where he is a CPA and tax accountant. 
He and his wife. Connie, have two daugh- 
ters. Wright credited his parents. Mar- 
guerite Wright of Many and the late 
Melvin Wright, with instilling in him a 
desire for achievement. 

"My parents were great role models 
- moral, ethical, hard-working, caring 
and generous folks. They were wonder- 
ful examples and set the standards very 
high for my sister and I," Wright said. 
Wright's sister, Connie Ammons of 
Many, received undergraduate and mas- 
ter's degrees in education from North- 
western and is principal at Many Elemen- 

♦ The Simpson High School Alumni 
Association is developing a scholarship 
to benefit a Simpson High graduate 
attending Northwestern. The Alumni 
Assocation has previously offered a $500 
scholarship to a college-bound student, 
but is seeking to create an award specifi- 
cally for an NSU student. 

"Last year, we decided to endow 
$100,000 and asked members to make 
pledges toward the scholarship through 
the NSU Foundation. We have $20,000 
pledged so far." said Robert Turner, Asso- 
ciation president. Turner is a 1957 grad- 
uate of Simpson High and earned bache- 
lor's and master's degrees at NSU in 
1961 and 1964. 

The scholarship recipient will be 
selected by a committee based on aca- 
demic achievement, financial need and 
extracurricular involvement. The com- 
mittee's goal is to offer the student 
$2,000 per year for four years as long as 
grade point average requirements are 

A rural school in Vernon Parish, the 
average graduating class at Simpson 
High School is 25-30 students. Last year, 

20 of 30 graduating seniors enrolled in 
institutions of higher education, most of 
them with financial assistance. 

♦ Northwestern received the second of 
three donations of $20,000 from the 
Poindexter Foundation of Shreveport. 
The donation will be used to create an 
endowed professorship in the College of 

"Northwestern's outstanding busi- 
ness program has been recognized 
nationally. The College of Business is 
key in meeting the needs of the business 
community in this area and around the 
state," said Roy James of Shreveport, a 
trustee of the Poindexter Foundation. 
"The trustees of the foundation feel this 
gift will further strengthen Northwest- 
em's program and will in turn aid in the 
continued growth of this area." 

"Endowments are of great value to 
the College of Business. State budgets 
vary according to the economy, and also 
due to events such as hurricanes Katrina 
and Rita. Endowment funds smooth out 
the bumps from variations in state appro- 
priations," said Dr. Joel Worley, acting 
dean of the College of Business. 

A previous donation established the 
Poindexter Foundation Endowed Profes- 
sorship in Accounting. 

♦ A Haynesville couple has established 
an endowed professorship and an athletic 
scholarship through a donation to the 
Northwestern State University Founda- 

The Bryant and Heloise Lewis 
Endowed Professorship for the College 
of Business was initiated through a dona- 
tion that will be matched with funds from 
the state. An additional donation will 
fund the Bryant and Heloise Athletic 
Scholarship to benefit a student-athlete. 

A Hanesville native, Bryant Lewis 
transferred to NSU from Kilgore Junior 
College on a football scholarship. He 
was attracted to Northwestern because 
several friends who were student athletes 
were attending Northwestern. He served 
as co-captain of the football team his sen- 
ior year and graduated in 1958 with a 

Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Lewis 

degree in business. He worked as a gro- 
cery store manager and restaurant owner 
and eventually began a logging and pulp- 
wood business. 

Lewis has been involved with alum- 
ni for many years as a member of the 
Alumni Board of Directors and the Presi- 
dent's Council. 

♦ A permanently endowed scholarship 
has been established through the North- 
western State University Foundation that 
will help single mothers earn their 
degree. This scholarship will be awarded 
every semester to deserving student at 

The Harleen T. Robertson Endowed 
Scholarship will be presented to a full- 
time student majoring in education or 
business. The purpose of this scholarship 
is to provide single mothers with a con- 
sistent stipend each semester to ease their 
financial burdens in obtaining a college 
education. Recipients will continue to 
receive this scholarship each semester 
until graduation as long as she remains a 
full-time student and maintains a 3.0 
grade point average or higher. 

"Earning a degree is a challenge for 
anyone, but particularly for a single par- 
ent with financial constraints," said Dr. 
Chris Maggio, director of Alumni and 
Development. "This scholarship will 
ease the financial burden for an individ- 
ual who is balancing schoolwork with 
family obligations and aid in the path to 
success for a non-traditional student." 

Alumni Columns Summer 2007 / 12 

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Melva Mayson Maxey 
is retired and lives in 
Lal<e Charles. 


Ellace J. Bruce is 
retired, married and 
lives in Alma, Ark. 


Perry Houston Miers is 
retired and currently 
the pastor of Shiloh 
Primitive Baptist 
Church, He is married 
and lives in Anacoco. 


Jerry Roy is retired, 
married and lives in 
San Antonio, Texas. 


William (Bill) Thomas 
is retired and lives in 
Dunnellon, Fla. 


Linda Stroud Starnes 
is employed by Bossier 
Parish School System 
as a teacher and lives 
in Shreveport. 


Charlotte Broussard 
Mayer is employed by 
Vernon Parish School 
Board as a librarian 
and lives in Gueydan. 

Carolyn Towry 
Mayeaux is retired and 
lives in Ragley. 


Charles Ward is a 
computer help desk for 
Crest Industries and 
lives in Pineville. 


Barbara (Babs) Bodin 
Melton was recently 
appointed by Governor 
Tim Kaine to a four- 
year-term on the Vir- 
ginia Cave Board. She 
is the executive direc- 
tor of Crystal Caverns 
and Stonewall Jackson 
Museum at Hupps Hill 
Historic Park in Stras- 
burg, Va. 


Barbara McShane Bar- 
nickel is the principal 
at Vernon Parish 
Optional School and 
lives in Leesville. 


Karl William Marx is 
retired, married and 
lives in Santa Maria, 


Theresa Ann Yates 
Gresham is retired and 
lives in Pineville. 


Vickie Moore is 
employed by the Unit- 
ed States Air Force as 
a chief in the Nurse 
Utilization and Educa- 
tion Branch. She lives 
in Cibolo, Texas. 


Debra Borland Mack is 
a remediation interven- 
tion specialist for 
School District, married 
and lives in Somerset Pa. 


Jerry Davis is the vice 
president of Marketing 
and Software Products 
for NUVO Network 

Alumni Profile 


Captain Treg Ancelet appreciates 
that he gets to take in a great deal of 
history ever\' day. Ancelet ('93) is 
deputy commander of the United 
States Military Academy Band at 
West Point. 

According to Ancelet. the main 
mission of the band is to support the 
Corps of Cadets. The band performs 
at ceremonies, on the parade ground, 
at funerals and at football games 
including the Army/Navy game. The 
band also tours, mainly in the New 
York area. 

"1 will be standing on the parade 
ground with a saber in my hand and 
see the Long Grey Line marching and 
it will get to me," said Ancelet. "I look 
around and see the buildings where 
Eisenhower, Palton. Grant and Lee 
studied. For a history buff like me. it 
is fascinating. I love the atmosphere. 
Not many people get the opportunity 
to see this campus every day." 

While at NSU. Ancelet was a 
member of the Spirit of Northwestern 
Marching Band, serving as drum 
major. He was band director at 
Leesville High School for five years, 
then earned a master's degree at 
George Mason University before join- 
ing the Army. 

Ancelet is in charge of one of 
three units in the band, the Hellcats, a 
drum and bugle corp which is more 
than 200 years old and is one of the 

Management and lives 
in Ottawa. 


Jack Hembree is gen- 
eral manager at Sumn- 
er Regional Medical 
Center, married and 
lives in Cottontown, 


April White Mouton is a 
financial analyst at 
Fidelity Bank and lives 
in Holly Springs, N.C. 


Jennifer Anderson 
Kelly is director of Aux- 
iliary Services at NSU, 

oldest in the Army. A bugler in the 
Hellcats wakes up West Point cadets 
each morning, calls them to lunch and 
plays each evening when the flag is 

Each band member is on active 
duty. None of band's officers are West 
Point graduates. 

"One can be a member of a mili- 
tary band for their entire career." said 
Ancelet, "Some of the members have 
been at West Point for more than 30 
years. Many of them have outstanding 
resumes as musicians and perform as 
substitute musicians with the New 
York Philharmonic or the Los Angeles 
Philharmonic. They are so talented 
that it pushes me to work hard." 

Ancelet is one are 21 commis- 
sioned band officers who rotate 
among six bands. He recently traveled 
to NSU to lead a conducting clinic. 

"It was really nice to come back 
and help students in conducting 
clinics. I also talked about my own 
experiences." he said. 

married to Keenan Kirk 
Kelly ('90) and lives in 


Don O'Byrne is presi- 
dent and founder of 
Don Juanz, Inc. and 
lives in Bossier City. 

Rev. Philip Wolfe is 
employed in marketing 
at US Brass & Copper 
and lives in Avenel 

Gidget Anthony Sipper 
is the owner of The 
Designed Body Pilates 
Studio and lives in 
McKinney, Texas. 


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Staci Remedes Ander- 
son is a business edu- 
cation teacher at 
Zwolle High School 
and lives in Zwolle. 


Betty Hatfield Sykes is 
a special education 
teacher at East Beau- 
regard Elementary 
School, married and 
lives in DeRidder. 

Adriane Robin Emonet 
is the membership 
director at Woman's 
Hospital and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 

Stephanie Gardner 
Young is a manager 
for Cingular Wireless 
and lives in New 


Julie Frazier Sellers is 
a loan teller at Bank of 
Winnfield, married and 
lives in Winnfield. 

Betsy Bourgeois 
Dehart is a certified 
pediatric nurse practi- 
tioner at Stonebridge 
Pediatrics and lives in 
McKinney, Texas. 

Michelle McCoy Hol- 
lenshead is a financial 
advisor for Edward 
Jones Investment Firm 
and lives in Bossier City. 


Wuanicia Denise Mil- 
ner Kirts is employed 
by CDI Head Start as a 
lead teacher, married 
and lives in Colfax. 

Leslie Jacob Zientek 
recently graduated 
from Sam Houston 
State Houston Univer- 
sity with a masters in 
Counseling and lives in 
Houston, Texas 

Alumni Profile 

John C. Williams 

Alumnus John C. "JJ" 
Williams continues his service 
to his country and his communi- 
ty as the District 4 representative 
to the City Councilman in 
Mobile, Ala. Councilman-elect 
Williams based his campaign on 
the slogan, '"Government should 
do what it was designed to do." 
He focused on providing the 
basic services, ensuring safety, 
and enforcing as well as creating 
new laws that was fair and good 
for all the community. His drive 
and determination to make life 
better for the citizens of his dis- 
trict is apparent to any who visit 

A native of Lake Charles, 
Williams enrolled in celebrated 
Demon Regiment (Army 
ROTC) with the goal of earning 
a commission in the U.S. Army. 
He earned a degree in business 
administration and his commis- 
sion into the Army in 1984 after 
graduating as the Distinguished 
Military Graduate. While at 
NSU, Williams was active in 
many activities and organiza- 
tions including Tau Kappa 
Epsilon Fraternity (TKE), Army 
ROTC, Student Government, 
Blue Key, the Young Republi- 

cans and was the Demon Mascot 
in 1983 and 1984. 

Williams earned a Master of 
Science in Administration from 
Central Michigan University in 
1994 and is a graduate of the Air 
Force's Air Command and Staff 
College. Williams, who served 
the United States Army in a vari- 
ety of positions, including as an 
Artillery Battery Commander 
during Operations Desert 
Shield/Desert Storm, a member 
of the Pentagon Staff, and as a 
member of the ROTC staff at 
Troy State University, retired 
from military service in 2004. In 
January 2006 Williams took on 
the task of becoming the busi- 
ness manager and establishing 
Mobile Premier Pediatric Den- 
tistry where is wife. Dr. Mau- 
reen Baldy Williams, is a den- 

When reflecting upon his 
days at Northwestern, Williams 
said, "It is certainly no secret 
that Northwestern changed my 
life forever. NSU offered every 
opportunity for leadership and 
an environment that encouraged 
free and independent thinking." 
Williams got his first exposure 
to politics and learned how to 

deal with people from different 
socio-economic backgrounds in 
order to create the common 
good while serving as a Senior 
Senator. However, according to 
Williams, "My brotherhood with 
TKE was the capstone of my 
education... enabling me to put 
into practice all the valuable les- 
sons learned in the classrooms." 
Williams and his wife Mau- 
reen have been married for 10 
years and have two boys, John 
Paul. 7, and Luke, 5. The boys, 
who are in first grade and kinder- 
garten respectively, attend at St. 
Ignatius Elementary School. 
Although he has chosen to settle 
in Mobile, Williams says, "I left 
my heart in Natchitoches —and 
will always fondly recall wear- 
ing the "I LOVE NATCHI- 
TOCHES" stickers that the 
legendary Mayor Joe Sampite 
made famous." 


David J. Dauzat is a 
world geography 
teacher and head 
baseball coach at 
Beau Chene High 
School. He is married 
to Dene Lacaze 
Dauzat ('01) and lives 
in Sunset. 

Mark Ferguson is a 
teaching assistant at 
the University of 

Alabama and lives in 
Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

Dr. Matt Creighton is a 
urology resident at the 
University of Kansas 
Medical Center and 
lives in Overland, Kan. 

La'Toria L. Willis is a 
grants administrator for 
Greater New Orleans 
Foundation and lives in 
New Orleans. 


Nicholas Paul Jirovec 
is currently in the 
United States Marine 
Corps and works in the 
counter intelligence 
division and lives in 
Indian Head, Md. 


Timothy Monaghan is 
an insurance producer 
for State Farm, married 
to Aimee Primeaux 

Monaghan ('03) and 
lives in Lafayette. 

Donna Renee Jackson 
is a registered nurse at 
LSU Health and Sci- 
ence Center, married 
and lives in Alexandria. 


Aimee Primeaux Mon- 
aghan is employed 
with Compass Behav- 
ioral Center, married to 

Timothy Monaghan 
('02) and lives in 

Sarah Lynne Peterson 
is a family and con- 
sumer science teacher 
at Lancaster Senior 
High School and lives 
in DeSoto, Texas. 

Joshuah Laird is a 
guest teacher for Clark 
County School District 


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and lives in Hender- 
son, Nev. 


Richard Schneider is 
currently in the United 
States Air Force and 
lives in Albuquerque, 

Amanda McClain is a 
promotions coordinator 
at Spurs Sports & 
Entertainment and 
lives in San Antonio, 

Edwin Neal Reliford is 
employed by the Fed- 
eral Bureau of Investi- 
gations as a police offi- 
cer. He is also a com- 
missioned officer in the 
Louisiana Army Nation- 

al Guard and lives in 
Washington, D.C. 


Kelly Rene Robin 
Guidroz is employed at 
Counseling Associates 
as a license master's 
of social work thera- 
pist, married to Beau 
Guidroz ('05) and lives 
in Memphis, Tenn. 

Brandi Dye is 
employed by Bossier 
Parish School Board 
as a middle school sci- 
ence teacher and lives 
in Haughton. 

Gabriel Macias is reg- 
istered nurse/NICU at 
Christus Schumpert, 
married and lives in 

Regina Wyatt Hall is a 
programmer for Wal- 
Mart Information Sys- 
tems Division and lives 
in Bentonville, Ark. 

Shelly Victorian Bate- 
man is employed by 
Fountainbleau Man- 
agement and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 

Callie Reames Gillard 
is a writing teacher at 
Harmony Elementary 
School and lives in 
Sugarland, Texas. 


Jason Michael Hughes 
is an English teacher 
at East Ascension High 
School and lives in 

Give a lasting gift to 
your loved one 

NSU alumni and friends often reflect on the wonderful 
friends, mentors and memories they acquired during their 
time at Northwestern. A brick paver in the new Alumni Plaza 
is the perfect way to commemorate time spent at NSU. 
Please consider the purchase of a brick for yourself, your 
loved one or your graduate. 

Recipients will be sent a certificate letting the recipient 
know that the brick has been purchased and its location in the 
Plaza. A heartfelt gift of this nature is especially appropriate 
for a new graduate. For a donation of $100, a 3-1/2 by 7-1/2 
inch brick can be purchased with a maximum of three lines of 
13 characters, including spaces, on each line. 

For more information on purchasing a brick, call (318) 
357-4243 or send an e-mail to owensd(g) . 

Proceeds from the purchase of bricks and other fixtures 
in the Alumni Plaza go to scholarships for NSU students. 

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1951 Harold E. Harlan, 

Haughton, April 24, 2007 

1954 Charles B. Holloway, 
February 26. 2007 

1954 Billy Ray McCoy, 
March 19, 2007 

1956 Helen Jackson, 
Winnfield, February 2, 2007 

1957 Joseph N. Bourgeois, 
Lockport, February 18, 2007 

1958 Gerald Winter Cloutier. 
Jacksonville Beach, March 30, 2007 

1960 Matthew Joseph Keppinger Jr., 
March 25, 2007 

1965 Jimmy L. Bradford, 

Metairie, March 13, 2007 

1965 Wayne D. Simmons, 

Stonewall, February 28, 2007 

1982 Charles E. "Mac" McShane, 
Leesville, December 17, 2006 

1985 Dr. Pamela Anders Miller, 

Natchitoches, February 24, 2007 

1988 Virginia "Jenny" Burkhead, 
Abilene, Texas, April 17, 2007 

1 997 Craig Brown 
1997 Sherrika Vincent 

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Looking bacK 

Guess Who? 

The selections of Miss Potpourri and lier court were made by the Potpourri staff 
on the basis of scholarship, character and contributions to the school. Miss Pot- 
pourri was presented at the annual Potpourri Ball, a Christmas dance sponsored 
by the staff. Each member of the court received a bracelet with an inscription and 
the initials of the girl. The election of Miss Potpourri was kept secret until the time 
of the presentation at the ball. Can you identify the Potpourri court selected in 
December of 1956? The first five readers to contact the Alumni Affairs office at 
(318) 357-4414 will win a prize. 

Baseball Coach Jim Wells molded the 
Demon Batgirls group after the same 
organization at LSU, where he was an 
assistant coach under Skip Bertman before 
being hired at his alma mater following the 
1989 season. Along with helping to retrieve 
bats and deliver baseballs to the umpiring 
crews at home games, the batgirls helped with 
marketing the program and assisted in sou- 
venir sales, helped run the concession stand 
and facilitated recruiting visits. The develop- 
ment of the batgirls coincided with a tremen- 
dous upswing in the baseball program at NSU, 
under Coach Wells" tenure. 

The class of Demon Batgirls from 1993 were, 
front row from left, Melissa Thomas, Christi- 
na Welsh. Jeri Rachal, Shawna Holton and 
Michelle Haley. On the middle row are Shaw- 
na Inman, Amy Gewin, Kristen Salter, Debbie 
Cost and Monica Dugas. On the back row are 
Chasity Adams, Donna DeVille, Jennifer Zim- 
merle, Melanie Schadwell and Paula Daly. 

Congratulations to the following 
individuals who correctly identified the Purple 
Jackets officers from 1956-57. They were 
Ruthie Simmons, Reeta Gayle Tullos, Agnes 
Moore and Billie Walker. 

ElayneCornett— 1960 
Rodgers, AR 

Wanda Hoffpaiur— 1957 
Leesville, LA 

Allen Horton— 1957 
New Iberia, LA 

Beverly Leach— 1957 
Corpus Christi, TX 

Ruth Penton Neal— 1961 
West Monroe, LA 

O'deal Pharris 
Shreveport, LA 

Mary Byrne Pozzi— 1957 
Houston, TX 

DotTullos Robinson— 1905 
Natchitoches, LA 

Ruth Simmons Stedman— 1958 
Pleasant Hill, OR 

Alumni Columns Summer 2007 / 16 

Alumni Information Update 

Visit our website at and click on "Update our files" or use this printed form. 

Please fill this page out as completely as possible. We are constantly revising our records and your information 
updates are vital to making the system work. The information from this form is also used for entries in the "Class 
Notes" section. Please make a copy of this page and give it to any NSU graduate who may not be on our list. We 
can't keep in touch with you if we can't find you! Thank you. 


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Year of graduation:. 

During which years did you attend NSU?_ 

Which organizations were you involved in while a student at NSU?_ 

Place of employment 
Job title: 

.Work phone:. 

Spouse's name:. 

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If yes, what degree(s) did he / she earn? 

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.Year of graduation. 
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and what high school they attend. 

Please return to: Alumni Center • Northwestern State University • Natchitoches, LA 71497 

If you would like information from Admissions, Financial Aid or the NSU Athletic Association, you 
can contact them at the following address: 

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South Hall 

Natchitoches, LA 71497 

(318) 357-4503 


Financial Aid 
Room 109, Roy Hall 
Natchitoches, LA 71497 
(318) 357-5961 

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ROW 1 from bottom L to R: Agnes June Hendrix Melancon, Clois Lea Warner Witt, Mildred McElveen Jones, Minnie Varnado Hanby, Nelwyn Taylor Ryder, Peggy Callia Davis, 
Louella Jennings Wells. ROW 2: Ted Edward Duggan, Vivian Pmdhomme Flores Duggan, Johnnye Jo Foshee Lott, Dottie Louise Fenington, Evelyn Barge Taylor, Katina Man- 
itzas Booras. ROW 3: Robert Harris Ferrington, Polly Rains Windham, Doris Delouche Roge, Shiriey Nell Temple Moss, Juanita Penney Thornton, Sybil Childs Rhodes, Mary 
A. Canterbury Cook. ROW 4: Lois Elizabeth Christian lies, Clara Yvonne Hollingsworth Pirtle, Mary Byrne Pozzi, Calvin E. Gleason, Patsy Sanders Rusk, Maxine Aycock Souther- 
land, Peggy Ken- Plunkett, Edith Sharp Lucky, Alice Adams Fanta, Alma Rabb Alost. ROW 5: Patricia Payne Mety, Patsy Worsham Carter, Sandra Johnson Thames, Jocelyn 
Gayle M. Walker, Jimmy C. Fields, Charies Numa Roge, John D. Schmitt, Mifanwy Brister Hart, Kay Lang Snyder, Mary Lou S. Jantz, Billie Walker Ogden, Mildred Eckhardt 
McTyre. ROW 6: James P. Gremillion, Sr., Gertrude "Trudy" Kmmm Dow/den, Beveriy Smith Leach, John Paul Taylor, Ann Fitzpatrick Graham, Jerry Barksdale Byrd, Alice Hulls 
Andreyk, Virginia Lcj Crossno, Bennie G. Barron, William Louis Buvens, Jerry Payne, Oswald Alex Ferry, Ray Glendell Bumham. ROW 7: Bobby Floyd Dowden, Daniel Lee 
Chase, Shirley Amandalee Drane Williams, Samuel J. Callia, Elaine Sparks Sorbet, Mixon Bankston, James Cameron Hill, Sr., Robert Alost, Marvin Francis Lewis, Douglas 
McLaren, C. Don Morgan, R. F. Fanta, Jr., John Henry McTyre, Noah W. Boyette, Floyd Allen Horton, Jr. 

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